It’s a common trend for localized versions of MMORPGs from Korea to be many updates behind the original game in their home country. Maplestory 2 is no exception. It’s quite a shame, as the global version would be so much better if it already had the latest updates, including those that drop a lot of Maplestory 2 Mesos. One of those is Shadow Expedition.
Into the Shadows
If you’re reading this, we’re assuming that you’re already aware that Shadow Expedition is not yet available on Maplestory 2’s global servers. You’ll be able to use this information either later on in the future when playing on the global server or if you choose to play on the Korean servers.
Shadow Expedition is a kind of PVE raid content where players can spam skills. You can do that quite literally, as your skills have no cooldown while you’re in this dungeon. But before you even consider simply breeze through this kind of content, think again. Aside from the fact that this is a solo dungeon and therefore nobody’s coming to help you, it has a rather slim window courtesy of a three-minute timer. You must finish the entire raid before that timer runs out!
Don’t be intimidated, though, since there’s obviously a catch. After all, the Maplestory 2 devs, contrary to popular belief, aren’t sadists. To make sure that you can manage to finish it, killing enemies will aptly earn you a few extra seconds on the clock. The amount of time you receive depends on the kind of enemy you take down. But of course, if it takes you too long to kill the monsters, it will result in a huge net loss of time. That just means you can’t rely on this mechanic. Rather, it’s just there to ensure you don’t time out when you have enough DPS to finish the dungeon.
Gearing Up for the Expedition
As a dungeon designed to be run solo, all classes can definitely finish Shadow Expedition. Of course, it goes without saying that Assassin, one of the best DPS classes in the game, is among them. But not all assassins can finish this, considering the dungeon’s pretty stringent DPS requirements. To match that, here’s a build guide for this particular job class.
The first thing you need to get right is your attributes. For Assassin, Luck takes priority, as this is what increases Critical Hit rate, which is vital for this critical hit-dependent class. If you want, you can even allocate all the points you earn to this particular attribute.
When it comes to gear bonuses, the stats you should be prioritizing are the following in order: Boss Damage, Critical Damage or Critical Rate, Physical Piercing, and Physical Attack. Gear that boosts one of these stats can be worth a fortune, but it’s definitely going to be Maplestory 2 Mesos well spent.
Built for the Darkness
Finally, for skill builds, there are three popular types for you to choose from. For this part of the guide, keep in mind that the skill build names show what that particular build’s core skills are.
The first and most well-known is the Lucky Stars, Star Chaser, and Star Flurry build. The advantage of this build is that it has great DPS, making it a reliable one that works even when your gear setup is a bit underpowered.
A less popular build is the Shadow Cutter build. Unlike the one before it, it deals more single-target damage, but the downside to this is that it has a much higher skill cap, and is inconvenient to use. This is compounded by the fact that it’s less user-friendly due to the lack of macro. Other than Shadow Cutter, Shadow Burst and Soul Grind will be your bread-and-butter skills. As previously stated, this has a high skill cap, so be ready! Lastly, this build works best when your main hand weapon is stronger than your offhand.
There’s the last build, called the Assassin Mirror Image build, which, as the name suggests, relies on all sorts of skills that create mirror images. However, this one is not advisable for Shadow Expedition. Nevertheless, you’re free to try and prove us wrong.
The Shadow Expedition will be quite a fun experience, especially when you run it as an assassin– if you manage to finish it, that is. Well, with these tips, you hopefully can!